With all the talk around Andy's Fuzzy Warbles releases (deservedly so I may add) the last few years, I figured it was about time XTC's bassist and secondary singer/songwriter Colin Moulding received some props. His bass playing, a cross between Paul McCartney and James Jamerson and his way of turning a vocal melody were key components in the evolution of the band over the course of 25+ years. XTC, a band known for their long-standing critical success may be no more as in November 2006, Partridge told the press that Moulding no longer had any interest in writing, performing or even listening to music. Partridge said he would not continue XTC without Moulding, and therefore has been forced to regard XTC "in the past tense."
01. Vanishing Girl - Psonic Psunspot 02. Grass - Skylarking 03. Generals And Majors - Black Sea 04. What In The World?? - 25 O'Clock 05. The Meeting Place - Skylarking 06. Making Plans For Nigel - Drums And Wires 07. Life Begins At The Hop - Drums And Wires 08. Runaways - English Settlement 09. Ball And Chain - English Settlement 10. Ten Feet Tall - Drums And Wires 11. Shiny Cage - Psonic Psunspot 12. In Loving Memory Of A Name - Mummer 13. The Affiliated - Psonic Psunspot 14. Big Day - Skylarking 15. Collideascope - Psonic Psunspot 16. Love At First Sight - Black Sea 17. Wake Up - The Big Express 18. My Bird Performs - Nonsuch 19. Bungalow - Nonsuch 20. Frivolous Tonight - Apple Venus 21. Boarded Up - Wasp Star
In 1991, the record of the decade was released, Nirvana's Nevermind. So, what album did Spin Magazine pick for its best album of 1991? Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque. It's true. Look it up. They were the mega buzz band. They performed on SNL, Zines called'em the next big thing. Pitchfork would've said "Best New Music" if they existed. Alas, Pitchfork didn't exist, and alas Teenage Fanclub was not the next big thing. They continued to make records that I loved, but critics didn't. As a result they slowly faded but continued to put out a quality record every few years, each time featuring a few brilliant pop songs. I think critics get bitter at songwriters who are dependable and not rock'n'roll enough.
Sparky's Dream - Grand Prix Ain't That Enough - Songs From Northern Britain I Need Direction - Howdy Mellow Doubt - Grand Prix I Don't Want Control Of You - Songs From Northern Britain The Concept - Bandwagonesque What You Do To Me - Bandwagonesque Neil Jung - Grand Prix Start Again - Songs From Northern Britain Winter - Songs From Northern Britain It's All In My Mind - Man-Made Everything Flows - A Catholic Education Hang On - Thirteen If I Never See You Again - Howdy